Nicholas Altobelli
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Nicholas Altobelli

Dallas, Texas, United States | SELF

Dallas, Texas, United States | SELF
Band Folk Pop


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"M Music & Musicians Magazine"

A Dallas-based acoustic folkie heads back to his birthplace, Southern California, and makes a textured electric record indebted to the Byrds, Tom Petty and other sunshine strummers. That some of the songs are bum-outs hardly matters as Altobelli’s voice soothes, and this stuff is sublime. - M Music & Musicians Magazine

"Dallas Observer (2013)"

"Damn near revelation..." - Dallas Observer

"Dallas Observer (2013)"

"Damn near revelation..." - Dallas Observer

"Fort Worth Star Telegram (2013)"

“The songs on Home pop in a way nothing that Altobelli released before has.” - Fort Worth Star Telegram

"Pittsburgh Daily News (2013)"

“First-rate writer… serves up a series of standout tunes.” - Pittsburgh Daily News

"No Depression (2013)"

Pop perfection - No Depression

"The Aquarian Weekly (2013)"

In a word: Expressive - The Aquarian Weekly

"Dallas Morning News (2013)"

Nicholas Altobelli is on the cusp of a breakthrough... - Dallas Morning News

"Dallas Observer (2008)"

Would make fans of Leonard Cohen proud... - Dallas Observer

"Dallas Morning News"

One of the finest folksters in North Texas... - Quick/Dallas Morning News

"Fort Worth Star Telegram (2010)"

That element of fantasy threads its way through all nine songs, making The Regulator feels like a judiciously edited anthology of short fiction... - Fort Worth Star Telegram

"NBC5 DFW (2010)"

Soft, acoustic indie folk from Altobelli is best caught in the intimatcy provided by a coffee shop stage. NX35 organizers seem to agree, booking him at the Jupiter House Coffee shop on Denton's square. Could be the sleeper hit of the show. Catch him at Jupiter House on Friday, March 12. - NBC5 DFW

"Pegasus News (2011)"

...a breath of fresh air among overproduced music of the digital age. - Pegasus News

"Dallas Observer (2011)"

[Bluebonnet] just might be the best local folk song of the year - Dallas Observer

"AllMusic (2013)"

"Nicholas Altobelli has stepped up his game on album number four..." - AllMusic

"Americana UK (2011)"

How it should be done... 8/10 rating - Americana UK

"Daily Rundown (2011)"

A folk staple... - Dentoneer

"Slowcoustic Song of the Day (2010)"

...hushed acoustics, the right amount of hooks to make the songs melodic, but not catchy and vocals that translate the sombre tone that oozes from this album. This truly is a great album... - Slowcoustic


In Your Arms (Summer 2014)
Without a Home (2013)
Radio Waves and Telephone Wire (2011)
The Regulator (2010)
Waiting for the Flowers to Bloom (2008)



Press contact:
Robert Vickers
Proxy Media PR

Label contact:
Dalton Records

Booking contact:
Charisma Artist Agency

Without a Home press:
"Pop perfection" -No Depression
"Sublime" -M Music & Musicians Magazine
"On the cusp of a breakthrough." - Dallas Morning News
"Stepped his game on album number four." - AllMusic
"Expressive." - The Aquarian Weekly
"First-rate writer" -Pittsburgh Daily News
"Damn near revelation" -Dallas Observer

Biography from Without a Home (2/26/13)

Nicholas Altobelli was born in Southern California and moved to Dallas, Texas in the middle of the fourth grade. Shortly after graduating, Nicholas picked up the guitar and taught himself country songs that were on the radio. In college he took a songwriting course and soon realized what he wanted to do in his life. He left college in 2007 and began pursuing music full time.

Between 2008 and 2011 he released three folk albums 'Waiting for the Flowers to Bloom,' 'The Regulator' and 'Radio Waves and Telephone Wire' on his own Dalton Records, earning praise from the local press including a nomination for Solo Act of the Year by the Dallas Observer.

In the fall of 2011, Nicholas began writing what he thought would be 'Without a Home.' After an initial tracking session in January of 2012, he realized he needed a change in musical direction.

“It was all wrong. Something didn’t feel right.” Altobelli recalls. “These were the wrong songs. I had to go back and start over even though I was halfway finished with an album. It was a tough decision but I had to do it.”

He began to rewrite the album but writer’s block turned weeks into months. It wasn’t until he had a meeting with Dallas songwriter and producer, Salim Nourallah (Old 97’s, Rhett Miller), that he was able to move forward. In a few short weeks, Without a Home was written.

Nourallah recruited an all-star line-up of Dallas musicians for the sessions. John Dufilho (Apples in Stereo, Deathray Davies) on drums, Joe Reyes (Grammy winner) on electric guitar, Becky Middleton (Ishi) on keys and vocals and Paul Slavens (KXT Radio) on accordion (I Just Want to Feel Real).

Musically and lyrically, Without a Home is inspired by two different subjects. The music was influenced by Altobelli’s home state of California

“Southern California has some kind of magic to it.” Altobelli says. “Especially Los Angeles, where dreams are killed with each heart beat but the people still come. We wanted this album to sound like something you would listen to while stuck in traffic on The 405 on your way to another failed casting call.”

Lyrically, however, the ten tracks are inspired by a deep depression and a recently diagnosed, crippling, anxiety disorder that almost ended Altobelli's music career.

“Most of these songs were written in full fledged panic attacks and endless depths of depression. It was the only way to deal with it at the time and these songs are snapshots of those events.” Altobelli explains.

Without a Home is a departure from the acoustic folk of Altobelli’s earlier albums. Instead it is the work of a growing artist struggling with real problems and a good indication of what is to come from this talented young songwriter.

Opened for:
Bob Schneider
Joe Pug
The Mynabirds
These United States
AJ Croce
Jenny Owen Youngs
Little Hurricane
Samantha Crain
James McCartney
Caitlin Cary
Doug Burr
Bosque Brown

Nicholas also hosts a weekly music radio show on The Indie-Verse in Dallas, TX.